A: Yes and no. Free speech means the government cannot prohibit you from freely speaking (with restrictions, of course), but it does not restrict private employers from taking action against an employee for their speech. However, be careful if you are trying to discipline an employee for saying something protected under labor laws. For example, the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) protects an employee’s right to engage in concerted activity, which could include online posts complaining about the workplace. There are several other employment laws that may protect an employee’s Facebook post or other comments, so be sure to do your homework before taking action.
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